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Empire State Games officially kaput — Don't call it a comeback - a local effort to rekindle the moribund Empire State Games has flamed out. The Empire State Sports Foundation, a Brighton-based nonprofit organization whose aim to revive the popular Olympic-style sports event fueled hope among amateur athletes and media attention across the state, filed papers this month stating its intention to disband.
Empire State Games officially kaput. Effort to rekindle games has flamed out. @DandC #ROC
They were fun to cover. MT @kevinoDandC: Empire State Games are no more. New York's Olympic-style event will disband.
I went to college in Boston and wondered about those Empire State Games sweats that kids in my dorm wore.
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State defends tests, fires back at Spencerport teachers — The state Education Department fired back on Thursday at members of the Spencerport Teachers Association who panned this year's state assessment tests, calling them "flawed," "useless" and "poorly written." Members of the teachers union sent a petition on Wednesday to state Education Commissioner John King asking that the exams be eliminated.
State fires back at Spencerport teachers, saying tests are best way to assess and compare students/districts.

UR Study: Brain slow to recover from football — A football season of only routine hits to the helmet might inflict enough damage to the brain that six months of normal, non-contact activity afterward isn't enough time for it to heal. That's what a University of Rochester research study of 10 of the school's players suggests.

Thursday's high school results — Julia DiMartino pitched a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts and one walk to lead Brockport to a 6-0 win over Carolina Forest (S.C.) in non-league softball in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a run-scoring double for Brockport (4-0). Carolina Forest (S.C.)
Thursday's high school results: Julia DiMartino's no-hitter helps Brockport to a 6-0 win in South Carolina.

In hockey, only 1 team dares -- or wants -- to celebrate — As the seconds ticked away on the Memorial Auditorium scoreboard clock on Wednesday night and the Rochester Americans checked "yes" on their Calder Cup playoff RSVP, it was business as usual behind the scenes for the team's support personnel. They weren't water-proofing the dressing room.
RT @mdwyer_DandC: In hockey, the players know when it's time to celebrate (unlike baseball), writes @kevinoDandC:
In hockey, the players know when it's time to celebrate (unlike baseball), writes @kevinoDandC:
Baseball turns mere bracket advancement into Mardi Gras The #Amerks didn't uncork champagne though. They know better.

Economic Council meetings don't have to open to public — There was a high-level meeting recently of the leaders of all 10 of New York state's regional economic development councils. They came to Syracuse from all corners of the state. Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy was there. So was Empire State Development Corp.
Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy was there, as where others, so why was economic council meeting in Syracuse closed to public?
Why the big hush-hush Economic Council meeting in Syracuse -- what is there to hide?

Review: La Casa adds edge to Mexican atmosphere — The first indication of La Casa's personality is the sign that hangs on the South Wedge restaurant's multicolored exterior. Rustic wood boards bear a beautiful painting with colorful swirls, flowers and a skull. It seemed to reflect tradition - skulls are in Mexican culture a celebration of departed friends and relatives - but with a funky edge.

Lovely Warren hospitalized for flu-like symptoms — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was hospitalized overnight with flu-like symptoms and dehydration but should be released today, a city spokeswoman said. Warren went by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital. She has been out of the office sick since Tuesday. Spokeswoman Chris Christopher said she has visited with Warren and "it is nothing more than ...

Ontario County vote on joining RGRTA delayed — The Board of Supervisors is expected to make a decision at its next meeting May 8.
RT @rilzd: Ontario County leaders held off on a decision tonight on having @RGRTA take over their bus system.…

The Empire State Games through the years — Subscribe today for full access on your desktop, tablet, and mobile device.

Teens donate vacations to Flower City Work Camp — The house on Manchester Street needed a lot of work, and Olivene Adams is only one woman. The back of the house was poorly insulated, so the pipes on the rear bathroom froze. Many of the electric outlets didn't work, the doors didn't fit their jambs, the porch was in bad shape and the paint was too.

Hearing scrutinizes shaken baby science — The opening day in a courtroom challenge to a shaken-baby syndrome conviction likely provided a template for the week to come: Experts testify about the science, then are challenged about their reliability and credibility.
Day one of testimony in hearing to determine whether Greece woman wrongly convicted in shaken-baby case:…

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Rochester Red Wings Pawtucket Red Sox — The Red Wings suffered a tough loss Thursday afternoon, falling 2-1 to the Pawtucket Red Sox in 11 innings at Frontier Field. It was the first game of a doubleheader and was scheduled for seven innings. No.

Irondequoit cites ax-happy landowner — Frustrated by the slow pace of development on a piece of his land bordering the Genesee River in Irondequoit, Al Gilbert decided in December to move things along by unilaterally cutting down 200 trees in an area designated as environmentally sensitive due to the high risk of erosion.
RT @MedleyCentre: It’s too bad Al Gilbert doesn’t have the same passion for filling potholes as he does for chopping down trees. #roc http:…
Frustrated old man eager to spur development clear cuts 200 trees outside Rochester, NY. via @CitizenMurphy
RT @CitizenMurphy: From last night: 88-year-old Irondequoit man clear-cuts 200 trees on bank of Genesee River.… #ROC
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